NYT’s Kristof latest to say Trump should accept defeat graciously, like Hillary

NYT’s Kristof latest to say Trump should accept defeat graciously, like Hillary
Tim Kaine, Hillary Clinton (Image: YouTube screen grab)

[Ed. – How is it people like this seem to have no awareness of Clinton’s bitter denials that she lost coupled with spurious claims that Trump cheated to win? Recently, she urged Joe Biden to follow her lead and refuse concede in the event he lost.]

As it became clear that she would lose the 2016 election and news organizations called the race for Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton spoke to her supporters.

“We must accept this result,” she declared. “Donald Trump is going to be our president. We owe him an open mind and the chance to lead.”

She did not boast that she had won 2.9 million more votes than Trump. She did not file lawsuits to try to reverse thin margins. And she did not offer evidence-free allegations of voter fraud — as Trump did, even though he had won. Rather, she buttressed the norm in American electoral politics of the loser acknowledging the winner.

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This norm is as traditional as it is wrenching for the losers. In conceding the presidential race in 1952 and sharing how he felt, Adlai Stevenson recalled what Lincoln supposedly said after losing an election. …

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